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  1. Ricco Barrino, AKA "Puerto Ricco," was born in High Point, North Carolina with music in his genes. His passion for music was ignited at an early age by his musical family, and Ricco spent most of his childhood listening to musical legends like Prince, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Sam Cooke and George Clinton. Ricco started his first band at the age of 11, and has been developing his own rich and unique musical sound ever since. And when his younger sister, Fantasia won American Idol in 2004, Ricco......  Read Full Bio »

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  1. Ricco Barrino, AKA "Puerto Ricco," was born in High Point, North Carolina with music in his genes. His passion for music was ignited at an early age by his musical family, and Ricco spent most of his childhood listening to musical legends like Prince, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Sam Cooke and George Clinton.

    Ricco started his first band at the age of 11, and has been developing his own rich and unique musical sound ever since. And when his younger sister, Fantasia won American Idol in 2004, Ricco sang background on her tours with Kanye West, Common, Keyshia Cole and Patti Labelle.

    Performing with Fantasia fueled Ricco's drive to become a successful solo artist. He began collaborating with producer Keith Mack of rap legend T.I.'s Grand Hustle Records, and joined the Grand Hustle family in 2008. Ricco began establishing a name for himself as a singer and songwriter while working with T.I., Young Jeezy, Jazze Pha, Day 26, R. Kelly, Angie Stone and The Backstreet Boys. Ricco is currently in the studio working on his first solo project, to be released in 2010.

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